Category: Public Librarians Symposium

62 - Identifying Information Needs to Facilitate Assessment and Development of Opioid Epidemic Treatments and Prevention Programs in New Hampshire

Tuesday, May 22
2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

Objectives: Prescription opioid misuse in New Hampshire is among the highest in the nation. While many publications exist describing opioid prevention programs and treatments, there is a lack of research examining treatment assessment and development. This pilot project aims to identify the information resources that healthcare and mental health professionals currently use for opioid research, what information resources are needed to asses and develop prevention programs and treatments for opioid dependency, and what barriers exist to accessing those resources.

The principal investigator identified and created lists of healthcare, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities, mental health, and counseling organizations in Strafford County, NH and reached out to Strafford County Service Link, a NH Department of Health and Human Services program that connects individuals with local health and human services agencies.
A 13-item online questionnaire was created through the Qualtrics software and submitted to the University of New Hampshire’s Survey Center to enhance clarity and improve the logical progression of the questionnaire. Questionnaire items collected demographic information, and identified information resources that are currently used for opioid-related research. The questionnaire also identified needed information resources and barriers to accessing those resources.
The questionnaire was distributed as a short link via emails, phone calls, and through Service Link to the identified healthcare, SUD treatment facilities, mental health, and counseling organizations in Strafford County, NH.

Participant responses (n=5) indicated their roles in healthcare, SUD prevention coordination, and counseling services, as well as the type of opioid-related research that they conduct including SUD treatment assessment, prevention program assessment, prevention program development, and patient care. Some participants have access to the CINAHL and UpToDate databases, but use the CDC’s website and PubMed for opioid-related research. Barriers to accessing resources for opioid-related research include lack of database training, lack of funding to purchase database access, lack of familiarity with databases, and the perceived complexity of the research tools.

This pilot project identified a small sample of healthcare and mental health professionals who conduct opioid-related research using information resources that are freely available online. Research using databases like CINAHL and PsycInfo appear to be limited due to lack of financial resources as well as lack of familiarity with the tools. This project should be expanded to obtain responses from a larger population in order to paint a fuller picture of information resources used for opioid-related research.

Keywords: Opioid, substance use disorder, treatment, assessment, prevention programs, questionnaire, survey

Eugenia Liu

Health and Human Services Librarian
Dimond Library
Durham, New Hampshire

Eugenia Liu is the Health and Human Services Librarian at the University of New Hampshire. She provides reference support and library instruction to eight departments in the College of Health and Human Services ranging from nursing to kinesiology. Prior to coming to UNH about a year and a half ago, Eugenia worked as a library liaison to the College of Pharmacy at Western New England University. Eugenia enjoys crafting, cooking, and is working on starting a home forge to practice blacksmithing.